Once again I’ve fallen victim to the almighty bottom line. Today I got a call from a publication I’ve been doing some writing for to tell me know they can’t use me any longer because of “budget cuts.”
I wasn’t going to get rich on the money I made from the article, but I certainly was enriched by the work I was doing. I loved the interviews, meeting people, telling their stories and then hearing the reactions of people as they read the published pieces.
Part of the reason I do freelance work is so one person’s decision to make “budget cuts” doesn’t devour my entire income so, rest assured, I still have a livelihood but this still stings. It’s tough when your work is cast aside to save a few bucks.
The editor was nice when we talked and offered to give me a reference. And maybe the tide will turn and they can use me again at some point. Until then, I’ll remind myself this isn’t the same business I entered a dozen years ago and I have to accept that – but it doesn’t mean I have to like it.